Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joined the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

Allen kills controversial sex ed bill, but vows to bring provisions back

By: - January 14, 2020

In a fiery speech on the Arizona Senate lawn, Sen. Sylvia Allen said she would will kill her controversial sex education bill  – but vowed to bring the matter back in another piece of legislation. 

Sex education reform bill abruptly pulled from committee hearing

By: - January 14, 2020

A bill that would disallow Arizona students from discussing sex education until the seventh grade was pulled from the Senate Education Commitee by the bill’s sponsor, who heads the committee. 

Bill would allow for ‘Brady List’ appeals, keep list of dishonest officers secret

By: - January 10, 2020

A bill that is being championed by the local police union would allow officers to appeal being put on a list used by prosecutors that lets them know if an officer has been caught doing something dishonest – and make the entire list secret.

The challenges facing electric vehicles in Arizona

By: - January 8, 2020

A newly released report by Pew Trusts found that Arizona ranks among the top 20 states for its number of charging stations for electric cars, but the state is still lagging on making infrastructure for them a priority.  

GOP lawmaker: allow limitless libel lawsuits on social media posts

By: - January 8, 2020

A Phoenix Republican is pushing to include social media comments to Arizona’s libel and slander laws and scrap the statute of limitations for defamatory statements published online, something a First Amendment attorney says would have far-reaching effects.

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Fillmore bills target Arizona transgender community

By: - January 7, 2020

A top Republican on the House Education Committee is pushing a trio of bills aimed at the transgender community in Arizona, including penalizing schools for referring to a student by a pronoun that isn’t the gender associated with their biological sex. 

The Arizona connections to ‘domestic terrorism’ advocate Matt Shea

By: - January 6, 2020

A Washington state lawmaker accused of participating in acts of domestic terrorism by an independent report commissioned by his own legislature has connections to two former elected officials in Arizona. 


House GOP leader’s bill would bar cities, counties from stopping private border wall construction

By: - January 3, 2020

House Majority Leader Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, sponsored legislation that would bar cities and counties from blocking or restricting private border wall construction, fulfilling a pledge he made last year.  House Bill 2084 would bar cities towns or counties from requiring a corporation or nonprofit to obtain a building permit for a wall on or adjacent […]

Navy names new nuclear sub USS Arizona

By: - December 23, 2019

The United States Navy has named one of its two newest nuclear submarines after the battleship USS Arizona, which was destroyed in the Pearl Harbor attack.  “The commissioning of a new warship named Arizona honors our past—including those who have given their lives in service to our country—and our future and recognizes Arizona’s important contributions […]

Kavanagh targets Tesla drivers who bypass safety features

By: - December 23, 2019

Rep. John Kavanagh has proposed legislation that would allow police to ticket Tesla drivers who attempt to circumvent safety features that are part of the electric vehicles’ self-driving modes. Kavanagh, a Fountain Hills Republican and a Tesla owner himself, sponsored House Bill 2060, which states that a person may not override the safety features of […]

Secretary of state issues cybersecurity tips to candidates

By: - December 20, 2019

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office recently issued a packet to candidates, political parties and political action committees of cybersecurity tips ahead of next year’s elections. In 2016, criminals attempted to hack into voter databases but were unsuccessful. The state has since enhanced its security measures and created a new voter registration database.  The Fulcrum, a […]

IT security analyst: lawmakers need to listen to experts on data privacy laws

By: - December 6, 2019

At the Mesa Convention Center Friday, information security analyst Samantha Kitts told a crowded room of CactusCon attendees the nuances and complexities of the various regulations around data privacy in the United States and abroad.